UK-based Zim leaves X Fac­tor judges in stitches

Man­doza bat­tles for life Byo police fun­fair back on track

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Bon­gani Ndlovu Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

KWAITO mu­sic vet­eran, Mduduzi “Man­doza” Tsha­bal­ala was di­ag­nosed with Can­cer in May 2015 and with the sup­port of his wife Mpho Tsha­bal­ala, his fam­ily and doc­tors, he re­cov­ered well enough to share his story.

In a state­ment re­leased by Man­doza’s friend and Pro­ducer Gabi Le Roux, Man­doza is said to be back in hospi­tal fight­ing for his life.

“A great son of our Mzansi Soil is in trou­ble. Man­doza Nkalakatha is fight­ing for his life af­ter hav­ing can­cer treat­ment in 2015; it has un­for­tu­nately metas­ta­sized to his brain. Doc­tors and med­i­cal staff are try­ing what­ever they can and we are not giv­ing up hope for his re­cov­ery,” said Le Roux.

“Mpho and the Tsha­bal­ala fam­ily have asked all his friends and fans to pray for him, beckon and call upon the an­ces­tors and keep him in your thoughts dur­ing this time. Please also be re­spect­ful and dis­creet in how you re­act to this an­nounce­ment. Thanks.”

-Drum THE Police Com­mis­sion­er­Gen­eral’s an­nual fun­fair that was set to be held in July will now be held on Satur­day in Bu­l­awayo with a star-stud­ded line-up ex­pected to en­ter­tain thou­sands of peo­ple at the Zim­babwe In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair (ZITF) show grounds.

The 18th edi­tion of the THE mo­ment United King­dom (UK) based Zim­bab­wean Muchaneta Mpofu opened her mouth and in­tro­duced her­self as the Lady of Favour dur­ing the X Fac­tor UK au­di­tions, view­ers had a feel­ing that they were in for a chuckle.

Dressed in an un­sightly blond wig and a black dress with a hip high slit, The Lady of Favour left judges — mu­sic le­gends Si­mon Cow­ell, Ni­cole Scherzinger, Sharon Os­bourne and Louis Walsh — in stitches with her rendition of 90s pop group Ace of Base’s All that she wants.

Judge Cow­ell said he felt like he was be­ing told off: “All that she wants is an­other baby! OK.”

Equally, Zim­bab­weans who watched the Lady of Favour per­form the song, heaped laugh­ter and praise on Mpofu while others were quick to ridicule her.

Others said her voice re­minded them of mbira mu­si­cian Taru­wona Marcey Mushore’s song Nhamudziko which she per­formed on ZTV pro­gramme Ezomgido off her 2003 al­bum For Or­phan Child I pop­u­lar fair will have the likes of San­dra Nde­bele, Iyasa, Jeys Mara­bini, Charles and Olivia Charamba and Clement Magwaza as part of the en­ter­tain­ment. They will be com­ple­mented by the police band. Adults will pay $2 to en­ter the venue and $1 for chil­dren with a spe­cially de­signed en­ter­tain­ment pro­gramme for the lat­ter, which in­cludes rides in the traf­fic police cars and bikes; jump­ing cas­tles among a host of other games and rides. Police dis­plays, a main­stay at agri­cul­tural shows and other na­tional events around the coun­try, will be staged as well. A raf­fle to win tele­vi­sions, a car and stoves will be con­ducted on the day. Na­tional police spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Ny­athi said the post­pone­ment was due to lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges at that time. He said ev­ery­thing was now in place for the fun­fair to hap­pen on Satur­day. “The show will be­come an an­nual event and we urge peo­ple to come in their num­bers to en­joy the day with mem­bers of police. There are many fun games,” said Chief Supt Ny­athi. Sing. They de­scribed her per­for­mance as in­trigu­ingly weird.

Some on so­cial me­dia said Mpofu was the funniest thing they have watched so far while others said they had never been so em­bar­rassed. The video of her au­di­tion for the show has so far been shared and had over 100 000 views on YouTube in three days.

“For sev­eral years peo­ple have been com­plain­ing and plead­ing with the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral (Au­gus­tine Chi­huri) to hold the fun­fair in Bu­l­awayo. We saw it fit as the police ser­vice for the peo­ple that we should heed that call. On the day the police will mix and min­gle with the pub­lic as they en­joy the oc­ca­sion to­gether.”

He said the pro­ceeds from the fun­fair will be chan­nelled to­wards the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral’s char­ity ac­tiv­i­ties around the coun­try.

“All the pro­ceeds will go to­wards the char­ity, the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral of Police Wel­fare Fund, where we are spon­sor­ing over 600 chil­dren all over the coun­try. We want each and every per­son to play a part in this char­i­ta­ble cause,” said Chief Supt Ny­athi. Those who want to sell wares dur­ing the day will be af­forded the chance as stalls will be avail­able at $50 for in­di­vid­u­als and $200 for com­pa­nies.

The Harare event will be held on Oc­to­ber 1 at Mor­ris De­pot. Mean­while, the police have an­nounced a route per­mit waiver for commuter om­nibus op­er­a­tors in the city to fa­cil­i­tate smooth trans­porta­tion of res­i­dents and school chil­dren to at­tend the event.

“All hold­ers of valid commuter om­nibus route au­thor­i­ties that op­er­ate within Bu­l­awayo are ad­vised that the route re­stric­tions for their road ser­vice per­mits will be waived only on Sep­tem­ber 10. This will only be for the pur­pose of fer­ry­ing pas­sen­gers at­tend­ing the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Police Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral’s fun­fair at the ZITF Show grounds in Bu­l­awayo,” said Chief Supt Ny­athi.

Mduduzi “Man­doza” Tsha­bal­ala

Muchaneta Mpofu (Lady of Favour)

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